Spring Clean 2018

Spring clean 2018

Spring Clean Day 2018

National Spring Clean Day is being held in Balrothery Village on Saturday 7th April. Volunteers are meeting at the Heritage Green at 10am. All residents of Balrothery are invited to participate.

Balrothery Tidy Towns Group are asking for volunteers to come out on the day.   We will supply gloves, bags etc.  wear old clothes and sturdy shoes.  We would love to see a really good turn as this is a great opportunity for you to make a difference in your community.  National Spring Clean is Ireland’s most popular, well recognized and successful anti-litter initiative. 

We are also encouraging the residents in all the Estates in Balrothery to organize a group for cleaning up where they live.  Again, we will support you by supplying gloves, bags and will organize the collection of your litter.  Please let us know your clean up plans by emailing tidyvillage@balrothery.com  


It would also make a difference if on an ongoing basis everyone looked after the area outside of their own house, picking up litter, cleaning pathways and road curbes and keeping weeds at bay. 

Of course the litter picking and cleaning doesn’t stop after the 7th we are desperately in need of support all year round especially at this time heading into summer as we prepare our Tidy Towns  Competition entry for 2018.  The entry is sent by 24th May and judging starts June/July so you can see how important it is to have our village looking its very best.

Look forward to hearing from you and also meeting you on the 7th April.

Margaret Haugh

Balrothery Tidy Towns Group

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100th Anniversary of the sinking of SS Kenmare

John Macaulay GraveToday in Balrothery we remember John Macaulay and crew of SS Kenmare on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the SS Kenmare in the Irish Sea, 2nd of March 1918.

John is buried in Balrothery Cemetery, his two un-identified crew mates were buried in Holmpatrick, Skerries and Gormanston Cemeteries.

**Please note: Our planned commemoration, for Sat 2nd March,  has been rescheduled for Sat 10th March due to adverse weather.


List of those lost.

Capt. Peter Blacklock, master (married), 9. Park View, Victoria Road, Cork
Robert Johnstone, 2nd mate, 1 Grattan Hill, Cork
Thomas Murphy, 1st engineer (married), 37 Oriel, Bootle, Liverpool
Thomas Ogle, 2nd engineer, 10 Kenilworth Street, Bootle, Liverpool
Allen Shaw, 3rd engineer, 36 Woodbine Road, Tartown, Huddersfield
John Keenan, greaser (married), 138 Barrackton, Cork
Patrick Corcoran, greaser (married), 3 Clahane cottages, Lower Road, Cork
William Lyons, fireman, 18 Dillon’s Cross, St Lukes, Cork
John Driscoll, fireman, 24 Tower Street, Cork
Michael Coleman, fireman (married), Gt. Wm. O’Brien Street, Cork
James Fitzgerald, trimmer, 274 Old Youghal Road, Cork
Michael Ahern, trimmer. 7 Glen View, Dillon’s Cross, Cork
Robert McLoughlin, A.B. Vennel Street, Glenarm, Antrim
John O’ Keefe, A.B. Ballinure, Blacklock, Cork
Geoffrey Grant, Q.M., 8 Victoria Road, Cork
Stephen Bowen, Q.M., 4 Harrington Row, Cork
Michael Delea, A.B. (married). 61 Dominick Street, Cork
Patrick Fennesy, A.B. (married), 51 Hibernian Buildings, Cork
Percival McCartie, A.B., Langford Place, Cork
William Moore, A.B., (married), 7 Corporation Buildings, Cork
John Good, A.B., 8 Fort Street, Cork
Oscar Kemp, Cook, 9 Boreenmana Road, Cork
Albert Edward Aston, gunner, Birmingham
John Macaulay, gunner, Islivig, Isle of Lewis, Scotland
E. McNamara, cattleman, Walsh’s Avenue, Blackpool, Cork
D. Sullivan, Cattleman, Spring Lane, Blackpool, Cork
W. Hartnett, cattleman, 56 Watercourse Road, Cork

Commemoration 100th Anniversary SS Kenmare

Commemoration for John Macaulay and crew of SS Kenmare


On 2nd of March 1918 the SS Kenmare, belonging to City of Cork Steam Packet Co. Ltd, sailing from Liverpool to Cork, was torpedoed by a German U-Boat about 60 km northeast of Skerries, North County Dublin. Six  members of the crew survived but twenty-nine perished.

The sea only gave up three of the missing crew, their remains were found a few weeks later on Balbriggan, Gormanston and Skerries beaches.

John MacaulayOf those found, one could only be identified by a letter in his pocket, this was Leading deck hand John Macaulay, Royal Navy Reserve, from Islivig, Isle of Lewis, Scotland.Headstone

John was buried in Balrothery Cemetery with full military honours on 18th of March 1918 with Coast Guard, Navy, R.I.C. and Military in attendance. Another unknown crew member was also buried in Skerries on the same day.

On Saturday 3rd of March 2018 at 12 noon, the Community of Balrothery will hold a commemoration for John Macaulay and his crewmates to mark the 100th Anniversary of sinking of the SS Kenmare.

Members of John’s family from Isle of Lewis, Scotland are travelling over to attend.

All welcome to attend.

Military Funeral at Balrothery MF Adjusted

The funeral of John Macaulay 18th of March 1918, Balrothery Cemetery.


Balrothery Community Association, Balrothery Graveyard Committee, Balrothery Heritage Ltd

Contact: patrick.hickey@balrothery.com, 086 8291947

martin.fanning@balrothery.com, 087 2075799